Brenton Bersin

Patriots Work Out WR Brenton Bersin

The Patriots worked out wide receiver Brenton Bersin last week, a source tells Doug Kyed of NESN.com (on Twitter). Will Bendetson of The Sports Xchange first reported the news. 

The Patriots signed fellow receiver Eric Decker while Bersin was in transit to the team, so it’s not clear whether the team is still interested. However, Kyed hears the workout went well, and the team still has a vacant roster spot, so a signing may still be possible.

Bersin, a 6’3″, 210-pound receiver, has 32 career catches for 415 yards and one touchdown across four seasons with the Panthers. Bersin, who grew up in the neighborhood where former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson lives, continually found a way on to the Panthers’ roster, but has not received a ton of interest as a free agent this offseason.

Even if Bersin is signed, he’ll face an uphill battle in trying to make the final cut. The Pats’ WR group already includes Julian Edelman (suspended for the first four games of the season), Chris Hogan, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Decker, Cordarrelle Patterson, Braxton Berrios, and special teams ace Matt Slater.

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NFC Notes: Giants, Whitworth, Seahawks

Sean McVay’s praise of offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth underscores how much the Giants blew it by not signing him in free agency, James Kratch of NJ.com writes.

Absolutely,” the Rams coach said when asked if Whitworth was the team’s top target of the offseason. “We had a couple of people targeted, but in terms of somebody who we felt like was extremely important, not just on the field, but the influence they could have on the locker room, especially just some of the younger linemen. He was a guy who that we absolutely had a major priority on and feel fortunate to have gotten him done. He’s exceeded the expectations. We knew he was a great player, and I’ve heard great things about him just from him being in Cincinnati and my relationship with Jay Gruden. Everybody that’s been around him says nothing but the best, and when you get around him you can see why all that stuff is merited and more. He’s been outstanding.”

Recently, Giants GM Jerry Reese indicated that he did not go hard after Whitworth because he wanted to have a “younger football team.” His offensive line might be younger without Whitworth, but it is also porous.

Here’s more from the NFC:

  • On the brink of a second straight trip through free agency, it sounds like Eddie Lacy is going to get an opportunity to showcase his stuff. In the second half of the season, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and offensive line coach Tom Cable say that they will try to make Lacy the team’s true No. 1 tailback. “We’ve always tried to do that (establish one running back),” Cable said (via Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times). “So maybe we have gotten lost in ourselves a little bit, too. But yes, we want to get cleaner blocking first and foremost, and get a runner established.” So far this season, Lacy has 108 yards on 42 carries, giving him a career-low 2.6 yards per carry average. Lacy is playing on a one-year deal with Seattle worth up to $4.25MM.
  • The Eagles gave quarterback Nate Sudfeld a two-year deal, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM (on Twitter). The Eagles want to see what Sudfeld can do in training camp. If nothing else, he can serve as their third arm during OTAs.
  • The Panthers gave some thought to promoting Mose Frazier from the practice squad this week, coach Ron Rivera told reporters (Twitter link via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer). Instead, Carolina signed Brenton Bersin because of his familiarity with the team’s system. A spot opened up for a wide receiver when Carolina traded Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo at the deadline.

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/1/17

Here are today’s minor moves.

Carolina Panthers

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Washington Redskins

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/11/17

Monday’s minor moves from around the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals

Carolina Panthers

Denver Broncos

  • Promoted from practice squad: DT Tyrique Jarrett

Detroit Lions

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Promoted from practice squad: WR Geremy Davis
  • Waived: CB Jeff Richards

Minnesota Vikings

  • Released with injury settlement: QB Taylor Heinicke

New Orleans Saints

  • Promoted from practice squad: LB Adam Bighill

New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

Panthers Reduce Roster To 53

The Panthers trimmed their roster to 77 players yesterday, and it appears that they’ve reached the 53-man limit today (via Max Henson of Panthers.com):

Waived:

Released outright (vested veterans who are not subject to waivers):

Placed on IR:

Panthers To Tender RFA OL Andrew Norwell

The Panthers will use a second-round tender on restricted free agent offensive lineman Andrew Norwell, according to David Newton of ESPN.com. That tender will be worth $2.746MM."<strong

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Carolina has now created a significant impediment to other clubs poaching Norwell, as rival teams would have to submit an (unmatched) offer sheet to the Panthers and sacrifice a second-round pick. That’s a steep price to pay even for Norwell, who last year graded out as the league’s No. 11 guard, per Pro Football Focus. Norwell, 25, has started 29 games over the past two seasons, firmly entrenching himself at left guard opposite Trai Turner.

Norwell is now the sixth restricted free agent to be tendered at the second-round level, joining Brandon McManus and Todd Davis (Broncos), Isaiah Crowell (Browns), Taylor Gabriel (Falcons), and Trey Burton (Eagles). No RFA has yet been offered a first-round tender.

In other Panthers news, the club announced that it’s reached a new one-year deal with wide receiver Brenton Bersin. Bersin, 26, wasn’t tendered as a restricted free agent yesterday, but he’s now back with Carolina on a presumably cheaper contract.

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RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/6/17

Here are today’s ERFA decisions as teams make their final preparations for free agency.

  • David Irving emerged as a viable pass-rusher for the Cowboys down the stretch last season, and the team will understandably extend an ERFA tender offer to the defensive end, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. He will make $615K in 2017.
  • Two Panthers wide receivers, though, won’t be tendered and will thus become free agents. RFAs Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin will become UFAs, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Brown started 22 games for the Panthers and had a key role in Super Bowl 50. In three seasons, Brown caught 79 passes for 1,019 yards and seven touchdowns. Bersin also spent the past three seasons on Carolina’s roster but wasn’t utilized nearly as much.
  • The Bears have re-signed ERFA tight end Daniel Brown to a one-year deal, the team announced. The team also tendered ERFAs Josh Bellamy, a wide receiver/special-teamer, and Bryce Callahan, a cornerback.
  • The Saints plan to submit a tender to retain wide receiver Willie Snead, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune writes. However, his camp is hoping New Orleans will pay him more than the one-year minimum salary. The 24-year-old Snead is an ERFA despite arriving in New Orleans in 2014. However, the standout target only has two accrued seasons since he spent his rookie year on the practice squad. In those, he’s combined for more than 1,800 yards and scored seven touchdowns.
  • The Vikings have agreed to tender offensive lineman Zac Kerin at the one-year, $615K level, Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press writes.

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/3/16

Today’s minor moves:

  • The Buccaneers are waiving wide receiver Freddie Martino and linebacker Josh Keyes, as Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. Martino saw time in the last two games but did not record a catch.
  • The Bears re-signed defensive end C.J. Wilson, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Wilson was just released over the weekend, but now he’ll trade roster spots with running back Raheem Mostert, who was waived earlier today.
  • The Panthers are re-signing wide receiver Brenton Bersin, reports Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. Bersin was waived a few days ago so that Carolina could add more defensive line depth. The man who originally replaced Bersin — defensive end Larry Webster — has now been cut, tweets Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Panthers Cut Brenton Bersin

The Panthers have cut wide receiver Brenton Bersin, reports Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer (via Twitter). No corresponding move has been made, but Person Brenton Bersinwonders if the team may be looking to acquire some offensive line depth. Starting left tackle Michael Oher will miss this weekend’s game with a concussion.

Bersin joined the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The Wofford College product had a solid rookie campaign, hauling in 13 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. He also served as one of the Panthers’ return men, averaging nearly 24-yards on kickoffs and six-yards on punts. The 26-year-old played nine games (two starts) in 2015, but he’s only seen the field for one of the Panthers’ three games in 2016. Bersin also briefly spent time playing for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.

According to Roster Resource, the Panthers now have five wideouts on their roster: Kelvin Benjamin, Ted Ginn Jr., Devin Funchess, Corey Brown, and Damiere Byrd.

Panthers Promote Brenton Bersin

With the Panthers struggling to field a healthy crop of receivers, the team has decided to sign wideout Brenton Bersin to the active roster, reports Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer (via Twitter). To make room, the team will waive tight end Brandon Williams.

Bersin joined the organization last season as an undrafted free agent, and he ended up compiling 13 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown in 15 games. Coaches were impressed with the 25-year-old’s performance during training camp, but he was ultimately cut and signed to the practice squad. Bersin will temporarily be replacing injured wideout Jerricho Cotchery, who will miss this weekend’s game with a high ankle sprain.

Williams, an undrafted free agent in 2012, joined Carolina in 2013. He made 23 appearances over his first two seasons in the league, compiling four catches for 44 yards. The 27-year-old may be best known for a 2014 ejection for swinging at Saints defenders Cameron Jordan and Ronald Powell.